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Terrorists planned to behead conservative blogger
The conservative blogger who was allegedly marked for death by a trio of men who authorities say sympathized with the Islamic State says news of the foiled plot changed her life and that she is prepared to testify against one of the men charged in the chilling conspiracy.
“I will serve as a witness if called upon to do so,” said Pamela Geller, in an email. “And I am prepared to testify as a victim-witness post conviction.”
Nicholas Rovinski, David Wright and Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, planned to behead Geller in New York after she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, in May 2015, according to authorities. Rovinski pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with Wright and Rahim to provide material support to ISIS.
Rahim was shot and killed in a Roslindale parking lot by an FBI agent in June 2015. Wright was arrested soon after. His terrorism trial is set to begin tomorrow.
Geller said her life changed forever after the alleged conspiracy was foiled.
“For obvious reasons I do not disclose the details of my security arrangements, but suffice it to say that I’ve had to go to considerable expense and trouble to continue to live some semblance of a normal life,” she told the Herald. “The price for telling the truth is very high these days, and getting higher.”
Rovinski, Wright and Rahim had agreed to kill Geller because they believed it would help fulfill an ISIS directive, according to authorities. ISIS identified Geller for murder through a “fatwah,” or religious decree, to its supporters, federal prosecutors say.
“I hope, but do not expect, that the prosecution will try to determine where Rahim, Wright and Rovinski studied Islam,” Geller said. “Where did they go to mosque? What is taught in their mosque? These questions are usually ignored in such cases, but they’re essential to trying to ensure that there are not other, similar plots in the future coming from the same wellsprings.”
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